Wild Snakes?!? In England?!?

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My sister is swearing blind that she just saw a snake in our garden. To any naturalists on TSR, is this possible? I've heard of adders and stuff, but do you seriously get wild snakes in the UK? By the way, this is in very built up urban Birmingham, there isn't any countryside for something like four miles in any direction. I don't live on a farm, I promise. Was it really a snake?

Anyone else seen a snake?
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There are snakes in England, the only native poisonous one is the Adder.
But you have grass snakes as well.
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I think there are only grass snakes and adders in the UK, but in an urban area...? I am really not sure.
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Yes, they are not that rare.
However it is quite possible your sister saw a sloworm rather than an adder.
Ask for a description and then google it to find out what it was.
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Saw a snake like thing in a forest the other day ... nearly ran it over on my bike!
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Err, of course you get snakes in England, in gardens all over the place. You might have noticed the weather has been hot recently. And did you expect a bunch of domesticated snakes to be sitting your backyard having a cup of tea discussing the weather?
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Oh yes there are snakes in this country.

My Dad appeared on the local news a few years back talking about the risk to dogs. He's that famous.
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My snake is wild :proud:
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Yeah i had a snake in my garden a while ago. I didn't notice until i seen the neighbours cat chasing something. It killed the snake and dragged it away in the end.
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Yes, it was a snake.
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If it was small then it was very likely a sloworm - a type of lizard which lost its legs over time as it dived in to holes underground so much. Ive seen them before in my garden and saw then on the one show!
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Actually, might have been a slow worm I saw because it looked a bit like this ..

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Still, it pretty much looks like a snake.
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My mum took this photo of an adder last week in the lake district - apparently my sister nearly stood on it! (I wasn't there, just got told and sent a this delightful pic)
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Absolutely- plenty of grass snakes and water snakes about
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Grass snakes are really common, I saw one when I was little and being really worried, running around and not going in long grass for weeks afterwards!

I'm not sure how it could have got to a built-up area though, maybe a passing eagle was taking it home to the nest and dropped it in your garden?
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Yeah, my boyfriend says he's seen loads, but then he does work for the National Trust so he would ...
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My friends dad got bitten by one in the local park, it was poisonous.

He ignored it despite there being obvious signs of a reaction, until his wife forced him to visit the hospital.

His left leg looks like an effect of severe burns. They had to take a chunk out of his leg, the muscle looks black and theres like green stuff oozing here and there.

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I have never spotted the elusive adder...do you think he'd munch my guinea pigs, if he got into their outdoor run?! what about grass snakes, since they're more common?

do you think i should be more on my guard for these most pernicious of serpeants!?
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I've seen sooooo many adders over the years. They are pussycats.

In a built up urban area? A lost adder? Slow worm? Lost pet snake?

Probably slow worm is the most likely.
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